Utah South Hispanic Family History Center

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Utah Sur Hispanic Centro de Historia Familiar

FamilySearch Record Search See resources available for this Family History Center in its native language, a branch of the Family History Library.
Ver los recursos disponibles para este Centro de Historia Familiar en su lengua materna, una rama de la Biblioteca de Historia Familiar

The Utah South Hispanic Family History Center was set up to meet the needs of Hispanics in mainly Utah County, Utah, to assist them in finding information about their ancestors from throughout Latin America and other areas where Spanish is predominantly spoken,

It also services two LDS stakes in the central part of Provo Utah, and a few other nearby areas. All are welcome.


The Center is located on 800 West in Provo just over two blocks north of Provo Center Street (also known as Highway 114) and is across the street from Dixon Middle School, a junior high school. The address is 263 North 800 West, and it is on the west side of the street.  If using I-15 to come into Provo, take the Center Street Exit going east, then one block go past the stoplight at 900 West and turn left to go north 2 1/2 blocks to the center, which is on the left across from a loading area for the school across the road. 

Location on map.

Parking space is limited, so if the six spaces are filled (this building having been previously used as an LDS seminary building few were originally needed during that time), please park on the street, 800 West.

Hours of Operation

The Center currently operates on the following schedule:

Tuesdays: 5pm to 8pm
Wednesdays: 5pm to 8pm
Thursdays: 5pm to 8pm
Sundays: 4pm to 8pm

Upcoming closed days:

Closed for April Conference, Mother's Day, the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, Father's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Weekend (includes the Wednesday before and the Sunday of that weekend) and the last two weeks of the year for Christmas and New Years.


21 computers, in two rooms. One room can be used as a classroom, has basic computer screen projector for this purpose. All computers are connected to the Internet via DSL.  You can browse using Google Chrome (default) or Internet Explorer 8.  FamilySearch.org has been optimized for Chrome.  In most cases Chrome has been found to work better when browsing generally although a few smaller sites are known to work better in Internet Explorer.

All computers have the following software available for patron use:

  • All premium websites listed on the Family History Center Portal Those premium websites listed require a paid subscription to be accessed if used anywhere other than any Family History Center.
  • Ancestral Quest 14.1
  • ArhivDigital Online (Replaces Genelines 2)Good for those doing Swedish research.
  • Google Toolbar on browsers, has translate feature that is very useful when viewing foreign language websites.  Google Chrome has this feature built-in already.
  • RootsSearch Chrome Extension on Chrome browsers:  This extension shows as a magnifying glass when you are on a person's detail page on Family Tree.  Searches Ancestry and a number of other well-known genealogy sites for information that matches what you have for the same person in Family Tree.
  • Legacy 7.5
  • RootsMagic 6
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF) 4 and/or 5.2
  • Rootsmagic 5.
  • FamilySearch Indexing (You can do indexing here, get help, etc., and this can be especially useful if your computer or Internet connection goes down and you want to still do indexing while it is being repaired, etc.)

5 microfilm readers

Small collection of microfilms, concentrated mostly on Latin American areas, although a few are from other areas. Films from the Family History Library can be ordered for the standard fee.

Some basic books about family history research.

Training and Resources

Go to Utah South Hispanic Family History Center Training Resources or en espanol for more information on how to get started in Hispanic family history research. Contains information on what websites and other information can be found for the beginning and intermediate researcher.

Online Microfilm/Microfiche Ordering

This Family History Center is one of the first in the United States to be integrated into the new Online Film Ordering system. Every Family History Center south of Salt Lake City is now on this new system.  To order a microfilm, go to https://film.familysearch.org/ and follow the instructions. Please be sure there is not already a digital copy online elsewhere in the FamilySearch website, you can do this by looking it up in the Family History Library Catalog, and the entry for the desired film will indicate that fact if it has been digitized and placed online.

You can do this from any computer connected to the Internet, whether it is at your home, work, a publcc library, or other computer, payment is by either Visa or Mastercard branded bank or gift cards.

Contact Info

If you need further information before coming, please feel free to call us at 801-356-0661 during our open hours. Or feel free to drop an email anytime at ut_utahsouthhispanic@ldsmail.net